how we learn

Everyone has a story to tell

One of the oldest and most powerful forms of teaching, storytelling allows young and old to connect and passes on the traditions, values and morals of the culture and society in which we live.

At Shere School we believe that storytelling in all forms improves language skills, boosts memory, develops creative thinking and imagination and enhances cultural understanding.

There is extensive evidence to suggest that the benefits of being read to frequently as a child go way beyond just literacy skills. Stories can show us far-flung places, extraordinary people, and eye-opening situations, expanding our view and understanding of the world.

In the Early Years

In the early years children are immersed in stories in almost every aspect of their day. Through their role play, game playing and listening to high quality texts read by enthusiastic adults our youngest children know that a good story is a great way to learn.


In Year One

In Year One and Two children continue to use books and stories as powerful learning tools. As children’s reading skills develop, they understand that they can read for both purpose and pleasure, and we ensure they are surrounded by high-quality texts that inspire and motivate Whether to spark our own imagination, process difficult situations or create narratives of our own, children in Hedgehogs and Owls continue the Shere storytelling tradition.


We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories.

Jonathan Gottschall (Educational Literary Scholar)